cPanel Web Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A total absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...