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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...