Description of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail 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 mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: A sheer absence of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...