What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Downside Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...