cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation 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 choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We doubtlessly are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...