What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful 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)
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)
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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: A complete absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...