What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ hosting CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...