What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic 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)
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)
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 absolutely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Problem Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ hosting CP sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...