What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two 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 thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the keen customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...