cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...