Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 disorientated? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...