What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. 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, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...