cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting bewildered? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Downside Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...