What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...