Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
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The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
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Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent 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)
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)
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 disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...