Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully 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 very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...