What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
3 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website 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 business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...