cPanel Web Hosting Defined
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...