cPanel Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 name)
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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A complete lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...