cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
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The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 hosting server, because 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...