What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 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 confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the total lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...