Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: A total lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...