What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely 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 quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...