What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing confused? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...