What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. 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-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...