What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely 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 quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An entire lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a great weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Web Hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...