cPanel Website Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "Website Hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 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 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Website Hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting service provider is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...