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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. 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-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...