What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed 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 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 domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 getting disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...