cPanel Website Hosting Revealed
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...