cPanel Hosting Explained
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based Hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The Hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The Hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Hosting corporation is making use of, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...
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