What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 growing disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...