What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute lack of domain administration options
Do we have to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...