What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only 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 two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are located 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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 too...