What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...