cPanel Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A sheer lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...