What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly 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 web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain management menus
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a major shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...