What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all website hosting industry 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...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...