What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
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 presumably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great 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)
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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...