What Does cPanel Website Hosting Signify?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous 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 name)
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 growing disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...