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cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting provider is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...