Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...