Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 growing disorientated? We positively are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...