Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...