What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer lack of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...