What Does cPanel Website Hosting Represent?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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10 websites hosted
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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)
Are you getting confused? We certainly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...