What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
1000 MB bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Drawback No.3: A total absence of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the ardent users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...