What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain management options
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...