What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
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Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...