Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
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 modern and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...