Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove 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 getting perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...