What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Side No.3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is using, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...