What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...