What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays 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 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...