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Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 baffled? We positively are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...