What Does cPanel Web Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...