Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents 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 a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific 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)
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 bewildered? We positively are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Inconvenience No.3: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, based on the billing tool (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...