cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
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The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
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Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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 name)
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 name)
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 disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the total absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP menus to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...