cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...