What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...