What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove fully 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 very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...