What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 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 confused? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...