What Actually is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names 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 website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A complete deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...