What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
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Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: An entire lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the eager users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...