What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase completely 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A total lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...