What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...