What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...