What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...