cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number Three: A total absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...