cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 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 getting nonplussed? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management tools
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...