What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely 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 quite easy to remove on the hosting 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 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 domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...