What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Remark that one too...