Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
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Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...