Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how good 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)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...