What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely 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 quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...