What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, 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 server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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)
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 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 perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...