Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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 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 confused? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...