cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most website hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...