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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase 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 domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...