What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely 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 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 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...