cPanel Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel Hosting offers on the present web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly 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 website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel Hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "Hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based Hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely 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 domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management tools
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based Hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel Hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...