What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page 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 choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...