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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most website hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: An absolute lack of domain management options
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting firm. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...