Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra 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 delete on the web 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...