What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to delete fully 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 remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We categorically are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...