What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The Website Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. 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...
Disadvantage Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 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 becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...