What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain management options
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...