Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all website hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive 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 remove on the web hosting server, since 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 categorically are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...