cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, 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 created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: A complete lack of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting firm is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...