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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...