For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check 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)
- 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)
- 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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...