What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name management tools
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...