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cPanel Website Hosting Explanation
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel website hosting firm is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...