Explanation of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based Web Hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based Web Hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "Web Hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The Web Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites. Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The Web Hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel Web Hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located 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 placed 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. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based Web Hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel Web Hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based Web Hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...
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