cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...