What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
1 website hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete lack of domain administration sections
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...