What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check 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 name)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number 3: An utter absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...