Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully 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 domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 getting nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...