Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great 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 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 getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...