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Explanation of cPanel Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites. Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier 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 pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel website hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...