What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
150 GB bandwidth
2 websites hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A total lack of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...