What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...