cPanel Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
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Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting supplier is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar 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 recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...