What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...