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cPanel Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...