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cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel hosting provider is availing of, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...