What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...