What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase 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 domain names 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 quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 growing confused? We undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...