cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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 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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We unquestionably are!
Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...