What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...