Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough absence of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...