What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 getting confused? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...