Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: A total shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...