What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...