What Exactly is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is making use of, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...