What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over 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 hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely 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 quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A sheer lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...