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cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 CP areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...