What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, based on the billing platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...