What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
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 dub 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 delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 getting puzzled? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...