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cPanel Web Hosting Explained
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...