cPanel Web Hosting Description
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. 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 market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...