Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 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 undoubtedly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...