cPanel Hosting Unveiled
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...