What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 undeniably are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...