What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete 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 remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the devoted customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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...