cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is only 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%, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...