What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are created 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic 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 name)
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 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 getting confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A total shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...