What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify 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 name)
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 growing confused? We certainly are!
Predicament Number Two: The same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...