What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the eager users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...