What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...