What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific 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 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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...