cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide 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 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)
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 getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...