What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...