What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra 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 very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Decide for yourself how marvelous 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We positively are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...