Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weakness No.3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...