cPanel Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management tools
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...