cPanel Website Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 name)
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)
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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...