What Does cPanel Website Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...