What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: 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 whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great 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 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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...