What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...