cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over 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 enormous the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete 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 easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter lack of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...