What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, 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 hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...