What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...