What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is using, the avid clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...