What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are created 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...