What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase completely 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 quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 growing perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...