What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "Web Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: An utter lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting supplier is using, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...