What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly 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 website hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...