cPanel Website Hosting Clarified
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
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The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase 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 domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is availing of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...