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cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...