What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: An utter shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...