What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...