What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 Control Panel areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...