What Actually is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how great 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)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...