What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 getting nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...