What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 name folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: A total lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...