What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...