What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...