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Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 growing bewildered? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management tools
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ Control Panel menus to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...