What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific 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 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...