What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, 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 placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect No.3: An utter shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the zealous clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...