What Indeed is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...