What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 bewildered? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Downside No.3: An entire deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...