What Does cPanel Web Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
10 GB bandwidth
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40 GB bandwidth
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...