Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the avid users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...