cPanel Hosting Description
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 CP departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...