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Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...