What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...