What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the devoted users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ CP areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...