What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...