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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke 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 different domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...