Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
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The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting firm is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...