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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 confused? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: A sheer absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...