What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "Web Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel Web Hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...