What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 very simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...