cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Problem Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...