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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 bewildered? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...