cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting supplier is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...