What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic 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 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)
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 growing bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...