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Explanation of cPanel Website Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Problem Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...