What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive 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 quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...