What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 growing confused? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: An utter absence of domain management interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the keen clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...