What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely 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 domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...