What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website 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 Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great 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 name)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...