cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: An utter lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...