Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing 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 fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely 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 quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the devoted clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...