What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...