cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single 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 2 percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to erase 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 quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...