What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" 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. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration options
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing system (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...