What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely 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 simple to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing 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)
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 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 growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain administration sections
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...