What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting company. At times, depending on the billing system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting company is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...