What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose 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 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...