What Actually is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weakness Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...