What Precisely is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor 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 one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 undeniably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting company. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...