cPanel Hosting Explained
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal 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 strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to delete fully 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 erase on the web server, because they all are situated 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A total absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a great drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...