What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 perplexed? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Point No.3: A total absence of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...