What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration is:
public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...