What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...