What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...