What is cPanel Website Hosting?
What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...