What is cPanel Web Hosting?
cPanel-based web hosting or... cPanel website hosting?!?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web page hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure is:
public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very samemail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...