Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic 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 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)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Drawback No.3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, 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? Note that one as well...