What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 getting puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting vendor is using, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...