What Does cPanel Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...