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cPanel Website Hosting Explained
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites. Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Downside Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...