cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...