What Does cPanel Hosting Signify?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...