What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...