What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...