What Exactly is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 puzzled? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Downside Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...