cPanel Website Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, 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 two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...