Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide one and the very same thing: 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 almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 growing puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...