What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute lack of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...