Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...