What Does cPanel Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...