Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting vendor is using, the avid users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...