What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...