What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...