cPanel Hosting Explained
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...