What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... 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 are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...