What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly 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 offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer lack of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...