cPanel Hosting Defined
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the 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 website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the earnest customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...