What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are situated 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: An utter lack of domain management sections
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...