Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...