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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Side No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to refer to the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...