What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around 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 "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming puzzled? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Drawback Number 3: A complete lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...