cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...