cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point No.3: A complete lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...