Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 growing confused? We positively are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Problem No.3: A sheer absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...