Description of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase 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 very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: A sheer shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Hosting provider. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...
|200 MB storage||50 MB storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|1000 MB bandwidth||1000 MB bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|3 websites hosted||1 website hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||5 websites hosted|
|£7.00 / month||£2.87 / month||£8.61 / month||£6.22 / month|