What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...