What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...