Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since 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 placed 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 amazing cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 hosting CP areas to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...