What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to remove on the web hosting server, because 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming baffled? We surely are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...