Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good 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)
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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...