What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. See for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...