What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Problem No.3: A total lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, 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? Mark that one too...