What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the ardent users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...