What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: An entire absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...