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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: 120+ hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...