What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...