cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. 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 supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, because 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check 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 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is using, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...