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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove 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 domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...