cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting baffled? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...