What In Fact is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: An absolute lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...