cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 growing puzzled? We positively are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Drawback Number 3: An utter lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...