What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...