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cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...