What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note 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 and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A thorough lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...