What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: An absolute lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...