cPanel Hosting Definition
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web hosting industry 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...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple 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 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. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...