What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...