What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
1 website hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...