What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...