What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Decide for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
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)
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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...