What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the 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 web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the total lack of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...