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cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete completely 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 domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A thorough lack of domain administration menus
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...