What Does cPanel Website Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 confused? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: A total deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...