What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...