What Exactly is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. 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 across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase 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 quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...