What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...