Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
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The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
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 puzzled? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A complete lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...