What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...