What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete fully 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...