What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete fully 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: An absolute lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...