What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing confused? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...