What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 getting nonplussed? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...