cPanel Hosting Definition
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly 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 offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 growing perplexed? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...