What Does cPanel Web Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly 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 offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check 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 becoming nonplussed? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...