Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web 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 brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove 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 name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...