cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: An entire lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting vendor is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...