Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel Website Hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel Website Hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel Website Hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel Website Hosting firm is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Website Hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...
|Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage||Unlimited storage|
|Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth||Unlimited bandwidth|
|5 websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||Unlimited websites hosted||1 website hosted|
|$3.75 / month||$8.33 / month||$12.00 / month||$2.75 / month|