What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...