What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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...