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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites. Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting provider is using, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...