What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 becoming nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...