What Precisely is cPanel Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names 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 very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 becoming baffled? We positively are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...