What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...