What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ CP sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...