What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...