What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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)
Are you getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...