Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...