What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: An utter absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...