cPanel Hosting Definition
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete absence of domain management menus
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...