Definition of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weakness Number Three: A total lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...