What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web 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 name is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 confused? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...