What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...