What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...