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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mainly 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 whole web hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered most website hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback Number 3: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting corporation is making use of, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...