What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...