What Does cPanel Web Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, 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 situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...