What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We positively are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...