Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly 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 entire web hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
1 website hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...