What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very 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 entire web hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Web Hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The Web Hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based Web Hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...