What is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. 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 web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully 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 domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
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 baffled? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...