What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...