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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 erase on the server, because they all are located 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is using, the eager users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...