What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely 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%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...