What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management menus
Do we need to refer to the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, 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? Remark that one as well...