What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon 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 take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good 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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...