Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We definitely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete absence of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the avid clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...