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cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Predicament Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting company is using, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...