Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
3000 GB bandwidth
1 website hosted
1 website hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since 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 name is a folder situated 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. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A sheer lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...