What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
50 GB bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We clearly are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...