What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. 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 in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting industry requirements. 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 Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you getting confused? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...