What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require 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 brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 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 becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...