cPanel Hosting Revealed
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...