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cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, because 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting service provider is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...