cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how good 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...