What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. 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 web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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 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 amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...