What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous 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 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...