What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...