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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting firm is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, 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? Mark that one as well...