What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly 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 marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely 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 very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Drawback No.3: A sheer lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...