cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: 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 web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...