What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...