What Indeed is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...