cPanel Website Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly 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 offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...