cPanel Website Hosting Description
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...