cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...