What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
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 call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...