What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...