cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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, 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 name 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 becoming perplexed? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...