cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...