What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly 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 whole web hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely 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 simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...