What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See 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 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the total lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...