cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. 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 difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
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Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific 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 getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...