What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Predicament Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: An entire absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...