cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...