What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...