cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete completely 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 quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter shortage of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...