cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
1 website hosted
2 websites hosted
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name management tools
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...