What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...