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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...