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Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 bewildered? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...