What Does cPanel Hosting Stand for?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A total absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...