What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "Website Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The Website Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Website Hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...