What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, 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, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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 great 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...