Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...