What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the keen clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...