What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...