Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 getting nonplussed? We categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...