Definition of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Predicament No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...