What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 nonplussed? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...