What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...