What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A total absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...