What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: A total deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...