What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...