What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting perplexed? We definitely are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...