cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
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The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration tools
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...