What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing perplexed? We surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...