What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...