Description of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals 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. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
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Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A total absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the billing system (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...