What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful 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 quite easy to remove on the web server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing perplexed? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...