What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 getting baffled? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...