cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...