What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A total shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...