What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 getting puzzled? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A thorough lack of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...