What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...