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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 categorically are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: An absolute absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...