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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the sheer lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...