What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "Web Hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter lack of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Web Hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is using, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Web Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...