What Does cPanel Website Hosting Denote?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Website Hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow 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 separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 becoming bewildered? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Website Hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Website Hosting provider is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...