Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...