What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Side No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...