Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing 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 web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...