What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific 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 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 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 becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...