What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...