cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...