What Does cPanel Web Hosting Mean?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all hosting market preconditions. 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 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 name)
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)
Are you growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...