What Does cPanel Website Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: A complete lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. At times, based on the billing platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...