cPanel Web Hosting Disclosed
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...