cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
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The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...