cPanel Website Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great 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 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the zealous clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...