What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good 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)
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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...