200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
|GrandBytes Hosting||Grande Hosting|
|Data Storage||20 GB||Unlimited|
|Data Bandwidth||200 GB||Unlimited|
|Free Domain Activation|
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:
public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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)
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 flummoxed? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The sameemail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...