Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing system (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...