What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel Web Hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: A total deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Web Hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting company is using, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...