What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points 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 satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: An entire absence of domain administration options
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...