Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...