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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and 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 website hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting distributor is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...