What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely 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 very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Remark that one as well...