What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single 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 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
1 website hosted
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750 GB bandwidth
4 websites hosted
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 confused? We surely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...