What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 baffled? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 Control Panel menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...