What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...