What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...