Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...