Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Predicament Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...