What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase fully 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 simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 growing baffled? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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...