Description of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 getting baffled? We definitely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Problem Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...