What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting
trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service
practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
5 websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$3.75 / month
Unlimited websites hosted
30-Day Free Trial
$8.33 / month
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names
and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain
to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good 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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: A complete lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...