Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...