Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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 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 Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...