What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
125 GB bandwidth
1 website hosted
30-Day Free Trial
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...