What Does cPanel Website Hosting Mean?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...