cPanel Website Hosting Uncovered
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most website hosting business preconditions. 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 domain names...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 getting disorientated? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...