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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete completely 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 very easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...