What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great 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)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...