What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel Hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "Hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...