What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 getting confused? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire shortage of domain management options
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...