What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...