What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...