cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good 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)
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)
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 undeniably are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...