What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely 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 domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...