What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. 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 domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 baffled? We surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...