What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "Web Hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The Web Hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The Web Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Web Hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 getting puzzled? We surely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel Web Hosting firm is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
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