Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is making use of, the avid users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...