What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: A total shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...