What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, 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 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 becoming baffled? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...