Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...