What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely 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 delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...