What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly 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 the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...