Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
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The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most web hosting business requirements. 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 domains...
Predicament No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...