What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to refer to the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...