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Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete 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 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. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting distributor is using, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...