cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...