Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 confused? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...