What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...