What Precisely is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
Are you growing disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...