cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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 excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...