What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...