Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number Three: A total deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the devoted users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...