What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...