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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...