What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...