What Does cPanel Website Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...