What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows 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 just an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...