What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 getting bewildered? We surely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...