cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
Unlimited websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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)
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 baffled? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...