cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great 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 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...