What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An entire lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the earnest users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...