What is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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 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 growing perplexed? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...