Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
200 GB bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
1000 GB bandwidth
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...