What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: An utter absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...