What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors 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 in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem No.3: An utter lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's quite impertinent 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? Remark that one as well...