What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...