What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...