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cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous 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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain management interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...