cPanel Web Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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 domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...