What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A total shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Website Hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting company is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...