What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: An entire absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the keen users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...