What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...