What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...