What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just 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...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A complete lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...