Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...