cPanel Website Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal 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 advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, 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 situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...