cPanel Website Hosting Defined
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge 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 sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...