What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names 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 "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 perplexed? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the ardent clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...