What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market 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...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...