What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 structure 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 undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain management sections
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...