What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 baffled? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 CP sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...