cPanel Web Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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 fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...