What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. 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 website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Problem Number 3: An utter shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...