cPanel Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...