cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We positively are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...