What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...