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cPanel Hosting Explained
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web sites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel hosting company is making use of, the keen users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...