cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
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The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent 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 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...