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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to 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 merely a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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 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 becoming bewildered? We categorically are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Downside No.3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...