What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...