What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We absolutely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...