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cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove entirely 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 quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We positively are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number Three: An entire absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...