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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 baffled? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...