Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting market requirements. 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...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 perplexed? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...