What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...