What Does cPanel Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good 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)
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)
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 positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...