What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...