What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely 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 simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the zealous users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...