What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 positively are!
Drawback Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...