Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming No.3: A total absence of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...