cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good 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)
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)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A complete lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...