What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 server, because they all are set up 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: A total absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...