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cPanel Web Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to point out the thorough lack of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...