cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all web hosting market demands. 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 domain names...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent 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 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 getting perplexed? We clearly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A total lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...