What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of 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 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: A total lack of domain management options
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...