What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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 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)
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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weakness No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...