What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...