What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the 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 hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute absence of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ hosting CP sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...