What Does cPanel Web Hosting Denote?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase 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 very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 surely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...