What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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 surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...