What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely 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 web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...