What Does cPanel Web Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, 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? Mark that one as well...