What In Fact is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Predicament No.3: A sheer absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...