What is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove 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 very simple to erase on the server, since 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total shortage of domain management options
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent 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...