cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...