What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Remark that one as well...