Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 getting puzzled? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...