cPanel Web Hosting Defined
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly 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 website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, 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? Mark that one as well...