What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management options
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...