Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
1 website hosted
2 websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain name)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...