What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ Control Panel areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...