Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, 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 server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent 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)
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 nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...