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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management tools
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...