What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
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Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel 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 market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the eager users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...