What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...