What In Fact is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain 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. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...