What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...