Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 located 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. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weakness No.3: An utter absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...