Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...