What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
5 websites hosted
Unlimited websites hosted
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 erase on the web server, since they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: An utter shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...