What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive 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 simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...