What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, 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 hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...