cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting firm is making use of, the zealous users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...