cPanel Website Hosting Definition
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully 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 quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...