Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 surely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the avid customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...