What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Problem Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the utter lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...