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Description of cPanel Hosting
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...