cPanel Hosting Clarified
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 baffled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...