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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...