Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
1 website hosted
3 websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...