What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...