What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase 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 delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...